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Ian McKellen, 'Hobbit' Star, Now Wishes He Came Out As Gay Earlier

Sir Ian McKellen now lives out and proudly as a gay man -- but he does have one regret about his coming out.<p>McKellen, who is currently starring on Broadway alongside longtime pal Sir Patrick Stewart in Samuel Beckett’s "Waiting for Godot" and Harold Pinter’s "No Man’s Land," tells Men's Journal, "I …

NASA Satellite Captures Brightest Space Explosion Ever Recorded

The monster gamma ray burst happened only a quarter of the universe away, which scientists say makes it one of the best chances to observe a …

In Fear – review

A couple get lost looking for a hotel in Ireland in this smart, scary film<p>Television director Jeremy Lovering has made a shrewd, watchable feature-film debut with this scary movie, candidly but intelligently influenced by classics such as Straw Dogs and Deliverance as well as the more recent The …

Genetic mosaic found in neurons 'is surprising' - Futurity

The brain's nerve cells are genetically varied. This may help explain the complexity of autism and other disorders thought to be genetically linked.

Lady Gaga: 'I'm prepared to go down with the ship'

"I live a very creative lifestyle," she says, as "ARTPOP" is released.<p>NEW YORK — With her wigs and outlandish ensembles, Lady Gaga is the titan of theatricality.<p>But peel away the layers, she says, and you see the real her, the painstakingly focused and meticulous musician and songwriter who spent …

5 of the Craziest Scientific Facts Out There

<b>1.</b> The human body contains enough DNA to stretch from the sun to Pluto and back again. 17 times.<p><b>2.</b> Microbes colonize human bodies, outnumbering human …

Why The Moon Should Be An International Park

We could learn a lot about Earth from the moon, and the risks of it being damaged are only increasing.<p>The thought of a robot laying tracks over Neil Armstrong’s and Buzz Aldrin’s footprints just seems wrong. And the risk is greater than you might think. Private spaceflight is flourishing, and even …

Buzz Aldrin

All About TESS, NASA's Next Planet Finder

Harvard-Smithsonian astronomer David Latham won a 2009 Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award for his work with the Kepler space telescope, which revealed that the Milky Way is jam-packed with planets. Now Latham is focusing his energies on TESS, a next-generation planet finder scheduled for launch …

How Mya Breitbart Is Mapping The Genomes Of Entire Ecosystems

The microbial ecologist has figured out a way to study the enormous diversity of viruses on the planet.<p><i>Each year,</i> Popular Science_ seeks out the brightest young scientists and engineers and names them the Brilliant Ten. Like the 110 honorees before them, the members of this year's class are …

Space-Born Jellyfish Hate Life On Earth

Space babies get major vertigo on Earth after a microgravity childhood.<p>A warning for future space colonizers: Babies born in space might not ever figure out how to deal with gravity. Jellyfish babies, at least, have to deal with massive vertigo on Earth after spending their first few days in …

National Science Foundation

Orionid meteor shower peak tonight!

This weekend presents the Orionid meteor shower at its best, and tonight – the night of October 20-21, 2017 – may well be the shower’s peak night. …

Astronomy

How It Works: The Fastest DNA Sequencer

DNA sequencing has revolutionized medicine and biomedical research. For example, DNA analysis can tell doctors which drug might work best against a particular cancer. But current technology usually sequences only short stretches of DNA and can take hours or days.<p>To sequence anything longer than a …

Big Pic: Testing Spacesuits For Mars

Three Mars spacesuit designs hop through obstacle courses.<p>Last week, spacesuit designers tested whether their creations would be flexible enough for a mission to Mars. Teams in two continents suited up to hop over zigzag lines, set up tripods, take photos, and bag pretend samples.<p>Any future …

Space Science

What Are Genetically Recoded Organisms?

Researchers have developed a new kind of genetic engineering that may be safer, with the power to make never-before-seen types of protein.<p>On a genetic level, all of life on Earth speaks the same language. We've all got DNA and/or its close cousin, RNA. All of our genetic material is composed of the …

We are surrounded

Star trails are the continuous paths created by stars, produced in long time-exposure photographs. This composite is made from 350+ images stacked …

Astronomy

First Cloudy Alien Planet Spotted From Earth

Call it cloudy with a low chance of meatballs. The alien world Kepler-7b — a very reflective world in big telescopes — has clouds in its upper atmosphere. And scientists have actually been able to map those out, despite the planet’s great distance from Earth (at least 1,000 light-years away.)<p>It’s …

Universe

Valentina Tereshkova, 76, first woman in space, seeks one-way ticket to Mars

People from the corners of the Earth are queuing up to join a group that aims to colonise the red planet in 2023<p>Having reached the age of 76, it might be expected that Valentina Tereshkova would be planning a life of quiet gentility: a bit of gardening, perhaps, or catching up on reading. Far from …

Exoplanet weather: Hot and cloudy, or hot and clear, again

First-ever map of the distribution of clouds on an exoplanet shows what the weather would be like on a light, hot, tidally locked world.<p>The one …

Tonight, find the Andromeda galaxy

Tonight, now that the moon is in a waning gibbous phase and gone from the sky in early evening, find the Andromeda galaxy, the great spiral galaxy …

Night sky as Milky Way and Andromeda galaxies merge

As seen on Cosmos … the collision and merger between our Milky Way galaxy and the nearby Andromeda galaxy 4 billion years from now.<p>The video below …

Surprise! Double star system is really a triple - Futurity

A nearby star system—of special interest for its unusual exoplanet and dusty debris disk—is not …

Summer Triangle and the galactic plane

Tonight, use the Summer Triangle and the constellation Cygnus the Swan to locate the sky’s galactic equator … and then project outward to the plane, …

Astronomy

EarthSky’s 2018 meteor shower guide

Plan ahead now for an awesome year of meteor-watching. Good news! In 2018, the year’s 2 most reliable showers – August Perseids and December Geminids …

Astronomy

The new equation for estimating alien life across the universe

How many other inhabited planets are there? It's a question that fascinates scientists and lay people alike. A new equation may help weigh up the possibility<p>Many of us have glanced upwards at the stars and wondered whether there is other life out there somewhere. Few, however, have then tried to …

Does Earth have a second moon?

Mars has two moons, Jupiter has 67, Saturn 62, Uranus 27, Neptune 14. But our planet Earth has just one moon. Doesn’t it?<p>Many planets in our solar …

Fracking Blamed For Widespread Death Of Federally-Protected Fish In Kentucky

Hydraulic fracturing fluids leaked from nearby natural gas drilling wells caused the widespread death or distress of aquatic species in Kentucky’s Acorn Fork, according to a joint study by the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.<p>Hydraulic fracturing is the most common …

No double moon in 2018, or ever

2018 will be an excellent year to view Mars. The planet will be closer to Earth – and brighter in our sky – than since 2003. But as big as the moon? …

Astronomy

A Telescope Fails, but the Hunt for Exoplanets Continues

The ailing Kepler planet-hunting telescope cannot be fixed, the victim of failed reaction wheels required to aim the instrument. However, researchers still have reams of data to sift through. William Borucki of NASA and Joshua Winn of MIT discuss the search for distant planets.<p>Transcript<p>IRA FLATOW, …

Dying to Go Into Space

Kids are excited by the many prospects and possibilities of what to do when they grow up. Now we have a few interesting options on what to do when we …